EgyptAir Flight Disappears En Route From Paris to Cairo

“An informed source at EgyptAir stated that Flight no MS804, which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST), heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar,” the airline says

Last Updated: May 18, 2016 @ 11:01 PM

An EgyptAir flight en route from Paris, France, to Cairo disappeared on Wednesday night.

“An informed source at EgyptAir stated that Flight no MS804, which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST), heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar,” a tweet from the airline read.

The Airbus was carrying 66 people —  56 passengers, including a child and two infants, as well as seven cabin crew members and three security personnel. The aircraft, manufactured in 2003, disappeared 10 miles after entering Egyptian airspace, according to EgyptAir, while flying at a height of 37,000 feet.

The airline, which is based in Cairo, later confirmed that the “A320 aircraft in its flight number MS804 lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean Sea.”

The nationalities of the missing passengers were listed on Twitter as: 15 French, 30 Egyptian, one British, one Belgium, two Iraqis, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and one Canadian.

“EGYPTAIR has hosted the passengers’ families near to Cairo Airport and has provided doctors, translators and all the necessary services,” the airline continued.

EgyptAir Flight Path

Flight Aware

The three-and-a-half hour flight left at 11:21 p.m. Paris time, more than half an hour after its scheduled departure of 10:45 p.m., according to the Flight Aware website.

It was expected to arrive in Cairo at 2:55 a.m., 15 minutes after its scheduled arrival of 2:40 a.m.

Both the departure and arrival cities are in the same time zone.

In March, EgyptAir Flight 181 was hijacked on its way to Cyprus by a passenger claiming to be wearing a suicide belt, according to USAToday.

The hijacker surrendered at Larnaca International Airport on the Mediterranean island and all passengers were released safely. No one was hurt in the incident and Cypriot authorities said it not terrorism related.

See the tweets from the airline below.